Just had a wonderful run against an Audi TT 225 along Rivelin Valley Road outside Sheffield. It overtook me on a long straight bit and then let me catch up until I was about 10 car lengths in front. It then proceeded to hurl itself at the first corner so I decided to try and keep up.
Pleased to report that around the corners, the 172 doesnt embarrass itself in the slightest. I was really getting what so many magazines say about how fluid the car is when pushed. I was able to keep a steady throttle (all in 2nd & 3rd gears) and just sort of turn and slide at the same time around the bends. Really pleasant experience doing that and managing to maintain the same distance with the TT.
Shame that everytime the road opened it would pull away from me and then have to wait near the end of the straight!
Fair enough, the guy was having a play with me, but I was able to stick with him when he was driving hard enough to pop the back end out on a couple of occasions (which looked extremely cool!) so Im very happy with my little 172 .